This was my first read from Michele Campbell and I really enjoyed it.
The book opens with a young girl locked in a boarding school infirmary. She has a big lump on the back of her head but she can’t remember what caused it. She doesn’t want to turn off the lights or close her eyes because then the horrible images will come to her…bloody hands, the long hair fanned out, the face pale and still.
She’s being accused of a terrible crime and everyone thinks she’s guilty. In her heart, she knows that she didn’t do what they are accusing her of doing.
But will anyone ever believe her?
Just a few months earlier, Rose and Bel Enright were new students at Odell Academy. Their mother had just passed away. They were living with their wealthy but cold grandmother who thought Odell will be good for them. Rose is happy to be attending such a great school, but Bel hates the place on sight. However, she promises her sister that she’ll give the school a shot.
Odell Academy changed everything.
Bel is actually the first one to make friends at Odell. But when she gets involved with some of the notorious troublemakers at school things go from bad to worse.
Sarah Donovan and her husband, Heath are happily married with two young children. They’ve just been appointed the new dorm heads of Moreland Hall at Odell Academy. Heath is thrilled about the new position. It’s all a part of his big plan. Sarah is anxious and has a sense of foreboding. They have been brought in to cleanup Moreland Hall’s bad reputation. There are a large number of spoiled alumni who are notorious for causing trouble. So Sarah and Heath, respected teachers and former Odell students will help to set a proper example and improve the image of the school.
But Sarah worries that they know nothing about running a dorm or how to handle out of control, teenage girls who feel they can do what they want with no repercussions. But that’s not the only thing that worries Sarah. She tries to reassure herself that what happened in the past won’t happen again. Heath is finally happy again, so she should be too.
But when one of Sarah’s students is accused of a horrific crime, Sarah worries that Heath may know something about what happened. Could he know more than he’s letting on?
I thought this was a great suspense novel. Told from multiple points of view, I enjoyed hearing from all of the characters. There were also transcripts of witness interviews and emails etc. interspersed throughout the novel which added to the suspense and gave more insight into everything that happened.
I was completely caught up in the story, and I couldn’t wait to see how things turned out for everyone involved. With a riveting storyline and well-developed characters, “She Was the Quiet One” was a hard book to put down. I’m excited to see what this author comes up with next.
I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.